KING IN THE WILDERNESS

Date/Time
Date(s) - 01/25/2020
7:00 pm-10:00 pm

Location
Woodstock Jewish Congregation

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This stunning, award-winning documentary — whose screening was moved to this new date due to snow on the original date — chronicles the final, harrowing chapters of Martin Luther King Jr.’s life.
 
“It simply must be seen,” writes film critic Kenneth Turan in the Los Angeles Times.
 
“A searing film because it takes Martin Luther King Jr. down from the mountaintop. You glimpse the real glory of who he was: not a walking monument but a human being with fear, humor, guts, and (amazing) grace under pressure,” writes Owen Gleiberman in Variety.
 
The extraordinary documentary reveals King during the conflicted time between the landmark Voting Rights Act of 1965 and his assassination in 1968. During those years, he faced great tension, stress and strain as he encountered an onslaught of criticism from both sides of the political spectrum.
 
King faced criticism from the Black Power movement, which saw his resolutely nonviolent stance as weak and ineffective, as well as the anger of President Lyndon B. Johnson over King’s vocal opposition to the Vietnam War — especially when King linked systemic racism domestically with immoral U.S. deeds overseas.
 
Documentary filmmaker Peter Kunhardt examines those final years, in which King’s unyielding belief in peaceful protest became a testing point for him and for the nation.
 
The film’s trailer can be found on YouTube at tinyurl.com/King-Wilderness-MoviesW-Spirit.
 
“That sense of doom runs through ‘King in the Wilderness,’ but also a sense of calm that characterized King in his final days,” writes Hank Stuever in The Washington Post.
 
“It veers from the very public to the deeply personal, including heart-wrenching scenes of King’s father collapsing with grief over his son’s coffin,” writes Jocelyn Noveck in The Associated Press.
 
The 111-minute film won an Emmy Award for Outstanding Historical Documentary after it aired on HBO. The film is rated TV-14.
 
The Woodstock screening will be followed by a facilitated discussion. Refreshments will be served.
 
Attendees over age 12 are asked to contribute $10 a person.
 
The monthly Movies With Spirit series, organized by Gerry Harrington of Kingston, seeks to stimulate people’s sense of joy and wonder, inspire love and compassion, evoke a deepened understanding of people’s integral connection with others and with life itself, and support individual cultures, faith paths and beliefs while simultaneously transcending them.
 
The films are screened in diverse houses of worship and reverence across Ulster and Dutchess counties from 7 to 10 p.m., on the third Saturday of every month. The series has no religious affiliation.

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